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SOANE, Sir John (1753--1837)
[Sketches in architecture. 1793]
Sketches in architectvre containing plans and elevations of cottages villas and other vsefvl bvildings with characteristic scenery by Iohn Soane ...
London: pvblished by Messrs. Taylor, 1793.
[4], iv p., XLIII pl. ; 44.5 cm. (2°)

Middle dots omitted from title and imprint. This is Soane's third collection of designs after Designs in architecture, 1778 (q.v.) and Plans, elevations and sections of buildings, 1788 (q.v.). The elevations are portrayed in aquatint views and the plans as line-engravings. All the plates bear Taylor's imprint line dated 1 January 1793. Probably issued at the instigation of the publisher, it was sold in a bound volume (as in Soane copy 1) with a second collection of Six designs for improving and embellishing grounds by the little-known artist and aquatintist G.J. Parkyns, with separate pagination and signatures, which is occasionally found and here catalogued separately (q.v.). A general title-leaf covering the two works is known in a single copy at Harvard. Josiah Taylor issued a second edition of both works in 1798 (see Abbey, Life, 74 and ESTC n25077), which is not in the Soane Museum. Harris and Savage 843; Millard II, 77; BAL, Early printed books, no. 3099; ESTC t102002.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bound as issued with G.J. Parkyns, Six designs for improving and embellishing grounds, 1793 (q.v.), and I. and J. Taylor's Catalogue of modern books on architecture (q.v.).
Copy 2: 53.6 cm. This copy of the Sketches only is bound (2) in a composite volume with the letterpress leaves inlaid to size with Soane's Plans, elevations and sections, 1788 (q.v., copy 1), and Designs in architecture, 1778 (q.v., copy 2).
Copy 3: 44.3 cm. Bound as copy 1 with Parkyns's Six designs ... and the Taylor catalogue.
Copy 4: 44.5 cm. Bound as copy 1 with Parkyns's Six designs ... and the Taylor catalogue. Plate XLIII is torn with loss of nearly half the leaf. Inscribed in ink on front pastedown This Copy imperfect & much torn / at End. GB Jany 1837, i.e. George Bailey, first curator of the museum.

Binding Copy 1: C19th quarter olive calf, green morocco corners, gilt-ruled borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt roll-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label.
Copy 2: C19th diced russia, gilt-ruled borders, rebacked.
Copy 3: C19th quarter olive calf, green morocco corners, gilt-ruled borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt roll-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label.
Copy 4: C19th quarter olive calf, green morocco corners, gilt-ruled borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt roll-tooled spine, spine-label lost.

Reference Number 3317


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